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EPA Provides Update on Lincoln Chemical Building Fires

by The City of Reading

Nov 20, 2023

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the following update regarding the Lincoln Chemical Building fires:

EPA, its contractor, and local and state partners continue to investigate the fires that occurred two weeks ago at the old Lincoln Chemical Factory. Preliminary findings revealed containers of hazardous chemicals stored throughout the building. Since the initial demolition, more of the building has been torn down to ensure the structural integrity of what remains as well as the safety of on-site workers and residents.

Air monitoring for dust and volatile compounds is ongoing; results so far have been consistent with expected background levels. Additional air sampling results will be provided to the community once available.

Cleanup activities will be limited during the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 19-Nov. 25). However, the fence and security personnel will remain present. Work will resume the following week to continue the characterization and eventual disposal of the hazardous chemicals in the building.

The existing road blockade will remain in effect but will be reduced to the area immediately adjacent to the building, allowing residents to more easily travel around the area. The section of 9th Street between Laurel and East Laurel Streets will remain closed to traffic for the duration of the cleanup.

EPA remains committed to addressing this issue and the concerns of the community. If residents have questions, they can contact the local Citizen Service Center [1-877-727-3234] or [email protected]. Residents may also contact Renata Thakurdyal, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator [215-814-2745] or [email protected].

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